What to expect

From the first discussion with your provider to getting back to the things you miss, you’ll know what to expect every step along the way.

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0.Speak with a provider offering HFX

Find out if HFX is right for you

Identifying a provider that offers HFX is an important first step. At your consultation, your provider will assess your condition, discuss relevant treatment options and answer any questions you may have.

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1.Try HFX in a temporary trial

In just a week, you can discover if HFX is right for you.

The trial system delivers the same therapy as the implanted device. 9 out of 10 people choose to keep it.¹

  • The trial is a simple procedure that can be performed in your doctor’s office or an outpatient facility.
  • Thin, flexible wires, called leads, are placed beneath the skin and next to the spine.
  • You wear a temporary device under your clothes that delivers stimulations to the leads.
  • The system is customized for your pain. You then evaluate your pain relief and improvement to your daily activities.
  • If you and your doctor agree HFX works for you, then you can move forward with the implant.
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2.The implant procedure

A successful trial opens the door to continuing with HFX.

During a quick and minimally invasive procedure, a small device is implanted under the skin, just above the beltline or in the buttocks area. It’s connected to thin, flexible wires, just like those used in the trial, that are placed near the spine. It’s also possible your physician may recommend an alternative approach using a paddle lead, which requires a slightly different procedure.

Implanting HFX is typically an outpatient procedure, which means you will likely go home the same day.

 

 

Frequently asked questions

How long will the trial period last?

The trial is typically 5 to 7 days, depending on the need for adjustments to tailor HFX to you.

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Are there any restrictions after the trial procedure? 

Your doctor will tell you what you can and cannot do after the procedure. Generally, your doctor will encourage you to maintain your daily routine and even try activities you usually can’t do because of your pain: walking, sitting, standing, shopping, etc. The trial period is a time for you to really see if HFX provides relief. To ensure the leads stay in the right place, you should not lift your arms above your shoulders or lift heavy objects. Please consult your doctor before engaging in any physical activity.

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Will I feel the stimulation? 

Unlike many SCS systems, HFX offers programs that do not create a tingling sensation, known as paresthesia.

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How do I know if the device is working?

When your remote is turned ON the stimulation level indicator lights will appear white and a blue light on your trial battery will be flashing.

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Is HFX covered by insurance?

HFX is covered by nearly all major insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid.

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Can I have an MRI with HFX?

Yes. HFX is conditionally approved for both full body MRI and CT scans.

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How long does the battery last?

The rechargeable battery is designed lo have a 10+ year battery life.

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